Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

Strenuous hike with great views. Slow pace will allow for group effort to id as many conifers as possible, up to possibly 14.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • Pace: slow

6:30am South Renton Park and Ride,  205 S 7th St, Renton, WA 98057, SW corner.


Or 8:00am at the trailhead

Per Dave Shema:



Trailhead:  Douglas firs, hemlocks, cedars, Yew.

4600': Yew,  red cedar, western hemlock, silver fir, Douglas fir, western white pine, subalpine fir

4730': Engelmann spruce, Alaska cedar

5190': Noble fir and a lot of mountain hemlock in the area.  Binoculars would be useful for viewing the distinctive Noble fir cones.

5200': Ponderosa pine, grand fir (if we can spot it)

Near/At summit: Western White Pine, Whitebark pine, & a grand fir


Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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